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October 21, 2014

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New digital frame does more than just show photos

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Chumby Industries upcoming digital picture frame, which not only shows photos but also connects to the Internet, streams music, and gives you the latest headlines and weather report.

Sick and tired of having a photo frame that can display just one image at a time?

Already tired of the current market of digital photo frames that allow you to view a slideshow of your latest vacation?

Think having latest weather forecast, streaming music from Pandora or headlines from the New York Times scrolling through the frame would be just the thing to make your bookshelf sing?

Then Chumby Industries is here to help.

Best known for the original Chumby -- a cute, soft interactive media player that serves as an alarm clock, radio and portal to all kinds of information from the Internet -- the company was showcasing at the Consumer Electronics Show a new digital photo frame that runs the same operating system as the original version.

The new frame features 1 GB of internal memory, and its touch-screen features make it easy to create new photo albums, send pictures to your Chums (friends who also own the frame) and switch from one photo to another in full-screen mode, similar to the iPhone interface.

Using the built-in wifi connection (or plugging in an ethernet cable), you can stream music via Pandora or SHOUTcast Radio or download any of the hundreds of free widgets from chumby's Web site to keep up with the latest weather, headlines and scores. You can even build your own widget in Flash thanks to the company's open API.

The frame is expected to be on the market in the middle of the year, and should roll out at near the $199 price of the original Chumby.

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